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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environment and Society Policy and Scholarship Research on the Dynamics of Climate Change Politics

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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environment and Society: Policy and Scholarship Research on the Dynamics of Climate Change PoliticsPosition DescriptionThe Climate and
Development Lab at Brown University is seeking a postdoctoral
research associate to conduct research and lead team-based research
on the political dynamics of climate change, either locally in
Rhode Island, nationally in the United States, or internationally,
especially through the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC) and its Paris Agreement.The research associate will split
their time between their own work and collaborative projects with
other members of the lab.
The postdoctoral project could be engaged research in a number
of areas\u2014what follow are examples from the local to the global, but
do not exclude candidate-proposed areas of work.Examination of
specific regional, state, or local political activities related to
climate change or energy issues, and study of the forces aligned to
advance or slow and stop climate action, and strategies and tactics
deployed on different sides.Empirical analysis of organized
political action related to climate change, including public
relations activities, lobbying, and political contributions in RI
or the USA broadly.Investigation of funding flows involving the
major actors in climate change politics at the national level of
the U.S.or specific regional, state, or local political arenas.
Studies of international negotiations, and the relations of power
between nations.Studies of the gap between promises made at the
international level about national emissions reductions and the
ability of governments to deliver on them at home.Studies of
decarbonization of national economies and \u201cpathways of national
development,\u201d both low- and high-carbon, especially on their
ability to deliver well-being to citizens.Analysis of financial
flows and the politics of promise-making and \u2013keeping in the
UNFCCC.Postdoctoral associates will be supported in completing
their own work in these areas and to lead small teams of students
in advancing research for the lab.
Brown University's Climate and Development
Lab (CDL) is a think tank based at the\u00a0Institute
at Brown for Environment and Society\u00a0and was founded in
2010 as an experiment in engaged learning.The CDL produces timely,
accessible and impactful research that informs more just and
effective climate change policy.We work with leading actors in
government, civil society and the media around the world in the
attempt to bring about change by identifying and filling important
research gaps and generating ideas for action on climate change.We
have focused on issues of equity, justice and climate finance, with
a regional focus on Least Developed Countries, small island
developing states, Latin America, and the United States.We
contribute to the climate debate by providing commentary and
analysis through the production of\u00a0academic\u00a0articles,
briefs, op-eds and\u00a0blogs, and organizing events in
the United States and at the United Nations climate negotiations.
The CDL fosters transformational learning experiences by equipping
Brown students with the tools to effectively shape policy and
explore the intersections between climate change, development and
local, national and global governance.The Institute
at Brown for Environment and Society is home to a diverse
community of scholars and some world-class scientific
Postdoctoral appointments will have an expected term of two
years starting in July 2018 or soon thereafter.Research associates
receive a salary of $50,000, plus benefits and research funds that
may be directed to the project by the CDL Director.Postdoctoral
research associates are expected to devote their appointment to
research activities, but in special cases postdoctoral research
associates may have the opportunity to teach undergraduate
The successful candidate will have a recent Ph.D.and relevant
experience in sociology, political science, geography, public
policy, communications or a related environmental social science
interdisciplinary field.Prior engaged research and communications
experience is a plus.Responsibilities include: helping develop and
coordinate research activities; interactions with partner
organizations for engaged policy research (local, national, or
international); data management and analysis; publication of
manuscripts and dissemination of results, including through
standard print and electronic press, and through social media.
Candidates should demonstrate strong communication skills and an
ability to work both independently and collaboratively with groups
from diverse backgrounds.
Application Instructions
Applicants should submit: (1) a cover letter describing research
interests, qualifications, and motivations, and how the candidate
complements the work of the lab, (2) a two-page tentative and
indicative research plan for two years of work, (3) a current CV,
and (4) three letters of reference from advisors or colleagues who
know the applicant's work well.Referees should submit letters
directly through Interfolio, which will supply a direct link when
contact information is entered.Applications will be reviewed
starting January 25, 2018, and accepted until the position is
filled.The ideal start date is July 2018, but is somewhat
flexible.The initial appointment will be for one year with an
opportunity for extension of one more year based on satisfactory
performance.Please contact Timmons Roberts directly with any
questions (timmons at online: http:\/\/\/47802
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and
inclusive academic global community; as an EEO\/AA employer, Brown
considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not
discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran
status, disability, or any other legally protected
status.\u00a0The Chronicle of Higher Education.Category: , Keywords: Research Associate

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Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies. With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university that maintains a particular commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction. Brown’s vibrant, diverse community consists of about 6,200 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, 490 medical school students, more than 5,000 summer, visiting, and online students, and over 700 faculty members. Brown students come from all 50 states and more than 115 countries. Undergraduates pursue bachelor’s degrees in more than 70 concentrations, ranging from Egyptology to cognitive neuroscience. Anything’s possible at Brown—the university’s commitment to undergraduate freedom means students must take responsibility as architects of their courses of study.

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